This vegan tzatziki can be enjoyed as the familiar dip or as an excellent appetizer to excite your palate. There's a high chance that you've never tried the second way!
Making tzatziki, or "cacık" as we call it, is very easy. It is one of those no-recipe recipes that is quite difficult to get wrong. Ingredient proportions can be overlooked without compromising flavor.
Case in point, in Turkey, tzatziki is not actually enjoyed as a dip at all. Not even close—we tend to drink it like soup before meals! Think refreshing gazpacho.
However, if your heart is set on a tzatziki dip:
- feel free to just leave off the water in this recipe
- or try this minty Turkish yogurt dip called haydari
Is Tzatziki Vegan?
It solely depends on the type of yogurt you are using. Made with dairy yogurt? Then no. I've never come across prepackaged tzatziki at the stores made with plant-based yogurt, but one can hope! Until then, homemade is likely the only option.
What Type of Yogurt is Best to Make Tzatziki?
I like using this homemade variety without thickeners; otherwise, Kite Hill or Forager brands work well.
I wouldn't recommend coconut yogurt since it often lands way too much of its own flavor. Likewise, keep away from sweetened or flavored varieties to make the savory tzatziki.
Ingredients for Making Tzatziki
- 1 medium cucumber, grated (Persian variety works best)
- 1 cup dairy-free yogurt
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- ¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
- pinch of salt
- cold water (optional, up to 1 cup for a soupy consistency)
How to Make Vegan Tzatziki
- Add all the ingredients except water into a medium bowl and whisk. If you want a dip—that's it!
- For a soupy version (Turkish), add water to reach the consistency that you prefer.
Enjoy it as a dip for chips, or serve the gazpacho version alongside zucchini fritters or Turkish dolmas.
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Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you make this recipe!Print